One of the many choirs from around the region performs at the New England Pueri Cantores festival held at the cathedral April 9. Courtesy photo
BOSTON -- Nearly 100 young voices from Catholic parishes all over New England filled the resonant nave of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with the music of the faith at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on April 9, as the Archdiocese of Boston hosted the New England Pueri Cantores choir festival.
In the homily of the Mass, celebrant Father Jonathan Gaspar praised the children for their dedication and service to the liturgy.
"The beautiful music means nothing if it does not glorify God and if it doesn't make us all a bit more holy -- sanctified. What we do here today, what you young people have been doing all day in preparation for this Mass, is also meant to prepare us, all of us, for heaven, the eternal liturgy of worship and the Lamb," said Father Gaspar.
"And so we thank you, young singers, for helping us to prepare for heaven by hearing the voices of the angels here on earth. We ourselves have seen and heard, just as St. John did, what heaven looks like and sounds like. May our singing, our praying, and all of the sacrifices that we unite with this one perfect sacrifice on the Altar bring God the glory due His name, and may it bring us the grace to become holy by our participation in these Sacred Mysteries," he continued.